High Note: Unlike last week’s jam-packed Madonna-thon, last night’s toned down instalment of GLEE was a welcome return to our favorite type of episode: One that features story, song and memorable moments for New Directions members that aren’t named Rachel Berry.
Low Note: For the first time in GLEE’s short history, we did not immediately click on over to iTunes to purchase songs following the episode.
High Note: Despite a really scary vein that pulsated from her forehead when she hit those high notes few humans can reach, it’s hard to argue against another special guest appearance by Kristin Chenoweth as part-time mistress, full-time roller-skating rink owner April Rhodes.
Low Note: Aside from the fact that we find it hard to believe roller-skating rinks still exist (As Santana put it, “Weren’t those outlawed in like 1981 for being totally lame.”) we can’t help but feel that a little Chenoweth goes a long way, and three fairly long songs, while no doubt technically brilliant and emotionally resonate, may have been a little too much.
High Note: Mercedes storyline that had her dealing with the very-same weight issue that affects millions of woman (and probably more than a few men) around the world was beautifully handeled, brought with it what we can only hope is the start of a beautiful friendship with Quinn and culminated in a show-stopping rendition of “Beautiful,” complete with back-up from the Cheerios.
Low Note: Not to nitpick here, but when did the Sue Sylvester’s Cheerleading Cheerios become a Glee club?
High Note: Chris Colfer continues to dare voters to not award him a best supporting actor Emmy with another phenomenal performance that had Kurt’s scheme to bring together his father Bert (the fantastic Mike O’Mally) and Finn’s mother (Romy Rosemont) in an effort to get closer to Finn backfire spectacularly.
Low Note: Kurt may be heading towards single white
female territory with that last shot of him both literally and figuratively on the outside as he watched his father and Finn bonded over that sport with that ball.
High Note: Brittany continues to slay us with lines like “I’m pretty sure my cat’s been reading my diary,” and her suggestion to Mercedes that “sometimes I add a teaspoon of sand,” to her Sue Sylvester-patented energy concoction.
Low Note: The queasiness television writers are undoubtedly feeling knowing that they’re going to have to seriously step up their game to knock Brittany from what’s quickly becoming a permanent spot on our TV Quotes of the Week. Yes, we’re talking to you Bill Lawrence!